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“Cool” Fall Courses

Presented in Partnership with

San Marcos Parks and Recreation

Please call the San Marcos Activity Center at 512-393-8280 to register

Painting with Watercolors for Advanced Beginners

Call the San Marcos Activity Center at 512-393-8280 to register

 

When:  Wednesdays (5): Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26; Nov. 2

Where: Dunbar Recreation Center (801 W MLK)

Time:    10:00am-12:00pm

Fee:       $25.00

Course Description

The luminous quality of watercolor can help even the inexperienced painter create beautiful images. In this class you will learn to enhance your paintings with masking techniques, glazes, and the use of various materials to achieve different effects. You will learn more about composition and color by setting up a still life and using the grisaille method to set values.

 

Participants should come to the class knowing the basics of working with transparent watercolor, composition, colors, and brush techniques. Students will learn how to create paintings they’ll be proud of. Talent, art education, and experience are not required… just come with enthusiasm to learn.

 

Supplies

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About Your Presenter: Kelly King

Kelly started studying and creating art as a teenager and still loves it! She taught in the public schools for 29 years; for 10 years, her focus was on teaching art. Her art talent and teaching experience make her the ideal presenter. If you have questions about purchasing art supplies, please contact Kelly at kingke666@gmail.com.

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Photorealism in Graphite Pencils

Call the San Marcos Activity Center at 512-393-8280 to register

 

When:  Fridays (3): Oct. 21, 28; Nov. 4

Where: Dunbar Recreation Center (801 W MLK)

Time:    10:00am-2:00pm

Fee:       $50.00

Course Description

In this class, you will use a photograph of your choice and use the grid method to reproduce the image as realistically as possible. Your goal is to complete one photographic image during the three-week course.

 

You will learn to transfer the image of your choice to your paper surface by using the grid method, a method of defining proportion as you create your art. By drawing on a grid, you can maintain correct proportions and detail without becoming overwhelmed with complexity.

 

The course includes technical demonstrations and one-on-one instruction.

 

Large Black and White Image on Photo Paper

You can use your own photograph or download one from a copyright-free website (e.g., Pixabay, Unsplash). Use a high resolution photograph that offers nice contrasts of value and is large enough to see details and be gridded. If using your own small photograph, scan the image at high resolution and then print in black and white on photo paper.

 

Bring your print to the first class so you can start drawing after an introduction and demonstration.

 

Supplies

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About Your Presenter: Kelly King

Roxy is a metalsmith and illustrator who holds a BFA in Painting and Drawing and MFA in Painting. She is an outstanding instructor, having taught in the art studio at Texas State for 14 years and for LifeLong Learning-San Marcos for 8 years.

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Art Studio

Call the San Marcos Activity Center at 512-393-8280 to register

 

When:  Wednesdays (5): Nov. 14, 21, 28; Dec. 5, 12

Where: Dunbar Recreation Center (801 W MLK)

Time:    10:30am-12:30pm

Fee:       $25.00

Course Description

Work on your art projects at your own pace. You choose the subject, composition, and medium. Artists who work in watercolors, oil, acrylics, color pencils, and mosaics are invited to participate. Weekly studio time gives structure and accountability to your hobby. The benefit of the Art Studio is the opportunity to visit with other artists as you work and know that help is available should you encounter a problem. Assistance is available in areas of color and composition for all mediums, although Kelly can be especially helpful with watercolors, her area of expertise.

Supplies

All that will be provided are individual tables and chairs; bring the materials you need for your projects. Please remember to bring paper towels to clean your equipment and messes, but don’t bring any cleaning fluids, like turpentine, which will create potentially harmful odors.

 

About Your Presenter: Kelly King

Kelly started studying and creating art as a teenager and still loves it! She taught in the public schools for 29 years; for 10 years, her focus was on teaching art. Her art talent and teaching experience make her the ideal presenter. If you have questions about purchasing art supplies, please contact Kelly at kingke666@gmail.com.

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Presented in Partnership with the

San Marcos Public Library

Please call the San Marcos Public Library at 512-393-8200 to register

NEW BOOK CLUB… In Person!

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Mystery Book Club

Call the San Marcos Public Library at 512-393-8200 to register

 

When:  Wednesdays (3): Oct. 5, Nov. 2, Dec. 7

Where: San Marcos Public Library

Time:    2:00-3:30pm

Course Description

This book discussion group will focus on the members’ choices of mystery books. The list provided below is only a suggestion; group members can suggest alternatives at any time. When the group is established, members will vote on selected books as well as the preferred time and place of meetings. Membership is open, but please register by calling the Library.

 

October 5

Sneaky People by Thomas Berger

When talking about mystery one immediately thinks of murder, offense, maliciousness, and violence. However, this novel is rather a humorous crime story. A simple guy called Buddy Sandifer wants his wife dead and hires someone to do the job. The purpose is to spend the rest of his days with a promiscuous woman with whom he’s been having an affair. Sneaky People takes a few hilarious spins making this among the most comic mysterious novels ever!

 

November 2

A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena

Get ready for some serious twists and turns. In this 2018 thriller, a woman making dinner and waiting for her husband to come home gets a disturbing phone call, then abruptly wakes up in the hospital, with no memory of what happened next. The police suspect she was up to something, her husband doesn't believe it, and the rest of the people in her life aren't so sure. Lapena's smart and suspenseful novel will have you believing so many different points of view, you'll never see the ending coming.

About Your Facilitator: Patricia Pattison

Pat is a retired law professor from Texas State University. Since her retirement in 2017 she has enjoyed a variety of Lifelong Learning-San Marcos classes and taught a personal law class in 2019. Pat recently became a member of the advisory board of LLL-smtx.  She has degrees in English, Communications, and Law.

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Zoom Courses

Science Fiction Favorites

Email lifelonglearningsm@gmail.com to register

 

When:  Wednesdays (3): Oct. 12, Nov. 9, Dec. 14

Where: Comfort of your own home via Zoom

Time:    2:00-3:30pm

Course Description

This group enjoys reading and discussing science fiction books that are nominated by participants. Every member can nominate as many books as they choose, then the group votes for their favorites.

The following list is only a suggestion; participants can recommend alternatives at any time.

October 12 – Klara and the Sun, by Kazou Ishiguro (2021)

Nov 9 – The City We Became, by N.K. Jemisin (2021)

Dec 14 – Trail of Lightning, by Rebecca Roanhorse (2018)

About Your Facilitator: Patricia Pattison

Pat is a retired law professor from Texas State University. Since her retirement in 2017 she has enjoyed a variety of Lifelong Learning-San Marcos classes and taught a personal law class in 2019. Pat recently became a member of the advisory board of LLL-smtx.  She has degrees in English, Communications, and Law.

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​Texas Literature Book Club

Email lifelonglearningsm@gmail.com to register

 

When:  Wednesdays (1): Oct. 12

Where: Comfort of your own home via Zoom

Time:    6:30-8:00pm

Course Description

Participants will read and discuss old, new, fiction, and non-fiction works by Texas authors. Your provocateur will add context by weaving in interesting “historical tidbits” as well as background information on each author.

 

Course Schedule

October 12 – Big Wonderful Things: Parts 4-5 and Epilogue, by Stephen Harrigan

 

About Your Provocateur: Jo Snider

Jo is a retired faculty member from Texas State University’s Department of History. She specialized in teaching introductory courses in the theater setting, which basically means she knows a lot about a lot of things. For her BA, Jo had a double major in History and English, and an English minor on the MA level. Since her focus has been Texas and the Old South, a book club on Texas authors seemed a natural. Please join us for some fun, entertainment, and enlightenment from the Texas literati.

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Methods for Locating Immigration Records

Email lifelonglearningsm@gmail.com to register

 

When:  Wednesdays (3): Oct. 26; Nov. 2, 16

Where: Comfort of your own home via Zoom

Time:    10:00-11:30am

Fee:       $45.00

Session 1 – Where and When Did Your Ancestor Enter the U.S.?

We will review some websites, techniques, and actual U.S.-based records, where some of this information can help you narrow your search. Finding the actual ship manifest listing your ancestor will take time, but having specific year(s), an arrival port, and where they immigrated from will help you focus your methods.

 

Session 2 – Naturalization: It’s a Process!

This session will provide an overview of how and when a person was eligible to file for U.S. citizenship. Knowing the six ways of becoming a citizen will help you understand when your ancestor may have started their paperwork. Learning about the procedures of filing first and second papers will help you determine if the naturalization process was completed. Also, understanding “derivative citizenship” and how military service may have impacted your ancestor becoming a citizen can answer why you may find no naturalization papers.

 

Session 3 – Naturalization Case Examples

Our final class will describe the types of records required and used to prove to courts your ancestor’s desire to become a naturalized citizen. Regardless of your ancestor’s country of origin, the process of becoming a U.S. citizen was the same. Two examples from different ethnic cultures in Europe will be presented. Each began by locating the ship manifest and then culling though a variety of U.S. documents created while residing in the United States.

 

About Your Presenter: Cindy Foreman, Genealogist (genepath02@gmail.com)

For the past 20 years, Cindy has been teaching classes and doing presentations in Central Texas on genealogy. She has a degree in History Education and is past President of the Austin Genealogy Society and past Vice President of the Wimberley Valley Genealogy Society. In 2014, Cindy presented at the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ National Genealogy Conference in San Antonio. Cindy is currently involved with a genealogy special interest group called IGG (Interactive Genealogy Group) and continues to work on her own family genealogy.

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If there is a topic you would like LifeLong Learning-San Marcos to offer

or if you know someone who would enjoy presenting/teaching with LLL-smtx,

please contact Marianne

lifelonglearningsm@gmail.com

512-216-6427